Ariana Mikulski

Ariana Mikulski
Teaching Professor of Spanish

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PhD, Second Language Acquisition, University of Iowa
MA, Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, Spanish and English, Michigan State University


Ariana Mikulski is a heritage speaker who grew up speaking Spanish with her mother’s side of the family. She joined the faculty at Penn State in 2012. She specializes in heritage language acquisition of Spanish, focusing on college-level learners and preschoolers. Her current research interests include writing in the heritage Spanish classroom, examining both learner behaviors and instructor practices. Her publications have appeared in The Modern Language JournalApplied Psycholinguistics, Heritage Language JournalForeign Language Annals, and Hispania. She regularly teaches online courses for heritage students and also has taught special topics courses in applied linguistics and bilingualism and courses within the Intermediate Language Program.


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